The Railway Board Sunday also recommended a CBI probe into the Balasore train pile-up.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that track linking Up-line has been restored and overhead electification work has also started.
He also said, “We have recommended a CBI probe into the triple train accident.” Earlier, on Saturday, Prime Minister had spoken of stringent action against any found guilty for the Balasore train tragedy.
The Odisha government on Sunday also revised the triple train accident’s death toll to 275 from 288, and put the number of injuries at 1,175.
“After detailed verification and a report by Balasore District Collector, the final toll has been fixed at 275,” he said.
Pradhan added that “rescue work is over … we are working with the local administration to send people affected back home.” “By Tuesday we should be able to do it,” Pradhan said.
The change that was made to electronic interlocking which led to the accident has been identified, Vaishnaw said while denying that the incident had anything to do with the anti-collision system “Kavach”.
“The root cause of the horrifying incident has been identified… I do not want to go into details. Let the report come out,” the railway minister said.
“Restoration work on tracks is on. We are also working on overhead cables and masts which were uprooted,” the official said.
Odisha Chief Secretary PK Jena told newspersons at Bhubaneswar Sunday that 88 bodies have been identified so far and 78 handed over to their families while 187 were yet to be identified.
“If 182 are missing and 61 confirmed dead from one state, then where would the figures (death toll) stand?” she told reporters in Kolkata. A large number of unidentified dead bodies have been kept in morgue which account for the missing people on the train, according to railway officials.
“DNA sampling will be done and photographs of the deceased will be uploaded on government websites,” he said.
Railway officials said all 21 coaches which capsized due to the derailment of trains at Bahanaga Bazar station have been grounded. Now the site is being cleared, he said.
Most of the dead bodies too have been shifted to a facility in Bhubaneswar, said hospital administrators.
A senior Bangladeshi diplomat, Sheikh Marefat Ali Islam, on Sunday visited Soro Hospital in Odisha’s Balasore district to provide consular assistance to Bangladeshi passengers injured in the triple train crash.
‘One Bangladeshi passenger admitted at a Bhadrak hospital was discharged after treatment. Another has been referred to SCB Medical College in Cuttack. On Saturday, I had visited a Balasore hospital,” he said.
Three trains— Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah super fast and a goods train — were involved in the pile-up on Friday, now being described as one of India’s worst train accidents.
The Coromandel Express rammed into a stationary goods train and many of its carriages overturned including some onto another train – the Bengaluru-Howrah superfast express which was also passing by at the same time on Friday.